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The Welshmen who went up a hill, but came down a mountain | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Snowdonia's Mynydd Graig Goch, left, was a hill yesterday. Now it is a mountain. Photograph: Dr Jeremy Williams/Envirodata-Eryri

Hours of taking measurements in wind and rain have paid off for the proud people of Wales who woke up today to discover that they have a new mountain.

More than 7,000 satellite readings have persuaded the Ordnance Survey that Mynydd Graig Goch in Snowdonia has been wrongly recorded as a mere hill for more than a century.

The difference is just 30 inches in rock and earth, but an enormous leap in terms of linguistics and status. Now reclassified as standing six inches over 2,000ft (609 metres), instead of the previous official height of 1,998ft, the craggy outcrop between Porthmadog and the Lleyn peninsular has become Wales' 190th official mountain.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Sep 19th, 2008 at 05:18:40 PM EST
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This could be a movie!

Life imitates art.

by Magnifico on Fri Sep 19th, 2008 at 06:17:05 PM EST
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"We're very pleased to have proved that Mynydd Graig Goch is a mountain and not a hill. The Ordnance Survey has agreed to update its maps on the internet straight away."

Paper maps will be corrected on the next print run, in a real-life rerun of the 1995 film The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain. Set in 1917 and starring Hugh Grant as a government cartographer, the comedy describes how Welsh villagers ingeniously challenge a proposed downgrading of their local landmark from a mountain to a hill.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 02:13:59 AM EST
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i loved that flick...
sweet catch dodo!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 01:15:54 PM EST
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